The American church has it made. We are a totally different animal than global Christianity. While we sit over here debating on Calvinism, Arminianism, dispensationalism, cessationism, complementarianism, and egalitarianism, other Christians around the world are having real problems. They don’t have arguments about these things because they are humble and simply living all of the things that we are talking about.
American Christian women have it made! God loves women so much! He values us, and declares us equal. He set us free from the worldly systems of patriarchy, and brought us in to His Kingdom, sitting us as co-heirs with our brothers in Christ! Our American society lines up with this equality, and sometimes even practically speaking, surpasses our church culture. We aren’t just considered equals in our hearts, and then sent out to participate in a society that sees us as less. Our society validates and trail blazes women’s worth!
From the beginning of time, there has been an all-out war waged against women. Satan went after the woman first, after the fall, patriarchy became the distorted version of family, women are targets of domestic abuse, human trafficking, and even in America, a working woman’s wages are generally not comparable to a man’s.
I believe that because of the privilege American Christians have, we also have a responsibility. (Yes, men, I believe this includes you too!) Luke 12:48 says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” This is one of the first verses that crosses my mind, when thinking about global woman’s issues. We have been given so much, and there are so many women around the world that do not have the privileges we do. The American church needs to stop fighting each other on the “roles” of women, the clothing of women, and the subordination of women. We are eating each other from the inside out, when we are supposed to be providing food for those that have none. We need to stop this, so that we can help the women that are truly not free! They may be imprisoned by a different religion. They may be held captive by a societal structure. They could even be held by evil people that have no problem humiliating and degrading these precious women. Our God holds these women in the highest regard! They need to know how much freedom our Father gives them, how valued they really are.
I believe it’s our responsibility to help! We have been given the freedom of a highly privileged life. It is for freedom sake that Christ set us free! We have been given the ministry of reconciliation! We are to bring those that don’t know the Father’s love to His heart! I don’t believe that our Americanized privilege is to be squelched on the “comforts of living”, but to do what Jesus did and free the captives!